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Chelsie Hill – Spinal Cord Injury Survivor

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Chelsie Hill

Spinal Cord Injury Survivor

My name is Chelsie Hill and I’m 25 years old. I’m from Monterey, CA.
When I was 17 years old, I got in the car accident with a drunk driver. The SUV veered off the road and crashed into a tree, leaving me a T-10 Paraplegic.

My passion is still dance and I am a Co Founder of the Walk and Roll wheelchair Dance Team.

Before the photo shoot, I was pretty nervous since it was my first time doing an underwater fashion shoot. But I felt so free being in the water once I got comfortable.

Working with Erena was very comforting. I have never been able to swim under the water without plugging my nose but when I worked with Erena, I was able to sink without doing that. And I could even open my eyes!! She was very patient. She explained how to pose in the water in different directions which it helped me find my own comfort zone. I feel like I’ve overcame a fear of mine!

To me, water means freedom.
After the photo shoot, I actually ended up taking a nap! When I woke up, I felt completely rejuvenated!

I definitely recommend this to other survivors because it’s an experience that makes you feel calm and free. You realized that you can physically do a lot more underwater than on land which I think is good for the mind, body and soul.

The Underwater healing project is such a beautiful way for people to get out of their comfort zone and feel free.

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